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Exemption from the Retail Business Holidays Act


Application for a Tourism Exemption for Holiday Openings for Kerr Village Business Improvement Area in the Town of Oakville, in the Regional Municipality of Halton

NOTICE is hereby given that The Regional Municipality of Halton’s Administration and Finance Committee will hold a Statutory Public Meeting to consider an application from Kerr Village BIA for a tourism exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter R.30, to permit the Kerr Village Business Improvement Area to open on all statutory holidays, except Christmas Day.

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Council Chambers, Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario

A copy of the application is available to the public in the Office of the Regional Clerk located at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those wishing to address the Committee or make a written submission should contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 905-825-6000, ext. 7405, or by email to, prior to September 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in order to be listed in the agenda. You may also register with the Regional Clerk prior to the public meeting.

For further information about the application for a Tourism Exemption, please contact:
John Davidson
Director, Economic Development
Economic Development Division
Tel: 905-825-6000, ext. 7828

The Retail Business Holidays Act (external link) (the "Act") requires businesses to be closed on statutory holidays unless they are exempted. The Act sets out statutory exemptions for certain classes of business and also provides that Regional Council may pass a by-law permitting businesses to remain open for the maintenance or development of tourism. Before passing such a by-law, Regional Council must hold a public meeting to consider an application for exemption.

In considering an exemption, Regional Council shall take into account that:

  • The principle that holidays should be maintained as common pause days.
  • That a by-law may be passed only if there is compliance with the tourism criteria set out in the Regulations.
  • That Council is not required to pass the by-law even if the tourism criteria are met.

In this section of the website, you can find additional information about the process for applying for an exemption from the Retail Business Holidays Act, fees, and the required application form.

Existing Halton Region Tourism Exemption By-laws:

Contact the Halton Economic Development Division for more information:
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario  L6M 3L1
Tel: 905-825-6000    -    Toll Free: 1-866-442-5866    -    Fax: 905-825-8839